In just a matter of days, the annual holiday excitement that hits New Yorkers ever November/December will reach a fever pitch as Thanksgiving approaches and Christmas looms around the corner. There are endless ways to channel all that pep and spirit whether it means ice skating at Rockefeller Center, drinking a peppermint mocha latte, perfecting your latke recipe, or buying gifts for loved ones. But if you are looking for a festive and fun outdoor activity to get you all riled up and full of cheer, you can visit one of the many holiday markets opening up throughout New York City. Read on to check out our top five picks!
Artist & Fleas at Chelsea Market –
Looking for a quirky, hand-crafted, trendy gift for your loved one? Visit the Artist & Fleas to check out all the Brooklyn shops that have made their way to the Chelsea Market. You can find holiday-themed gifts of all sorts – sweaters, jewelry, ornaments, artwork, etc, without having to endure all the cheesiness that goes along with it.
Running: Nov 1st – Dec 24th
For more info: http://www.artistsandfleas.com/
Union Square Holiday Market –
Conveniently located right above the Union Square subway station, you can reach this market in a number of ways. Once you’re here, take the time to slow down and appreciate the festive sights and sounds. Stop by for a hot chocolate or hot apple cider and then take your time perusing the jewelry, crafts, clothes, and more.
Running: Nov 20th – Dec 24th
For more info: http://urbanspacenyc.com/union-square-holiday-market/
Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair –
Whether you commute through Grand Central Station every day, or just happen to live in the neighborhood, you should definitely drop by the holiday fair taking place inside one the terminals within this historic station. Running its 15th annual fair, this holiday market has the special distinction of being the only one running indoors, making it ideal for those days that are just too frigid.
Running: Nov 17th – Dec 24th
Bryant Park’s Winter Village –
With over 125 boutiques and shops, you are bound to find the perfect gift at this quaint holiday market. Whether you are searching for decorative goods, unique jewelry, local delectable snacks, or some vintage apparel, you can find it all here.
Running: Oct 21st – Jan 4th
For more info: http://wintervillage.org/
Columbus Circle Holiday Market –
Central Park is already a premier destination for locals and tourists with its gorgeous landscape, ice skating rink, zoo, and more. But now, there’s yet another reason to make your way over to this historic location. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market features handmade wooden puzzles and other kids’ toys, jewelry made by the latest and greatest in the industry, artisan sweets, and other delicious treats.
Running: Dec 2 – Dec 24th
For more info: urbanspacenyc.com/columbus-circle-holiday-market